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    Matz, LLC Logo
    McLean, VA·

    Countertops., Full renovations and repairs, no job is too small, Full renovations and small repairs. Project manager: Santos Granados.

    "Guys where courteous very helpful did a great job, cleaned up well started and finished on time."

    Mustafa S. in March 2019

    RS
    Alexandria, VA·

    General Handy Services

    "Very nice, no complaints at all."

    Wayne J. in November 2021

    RE

    "Really smart. Came up with great solutions that saved me thousands of dollars!"

    Carolyn M. in February 2023

    Jireh Electric, Inc. Logo
    Manassas, VA·

    Panel Upgrades, New Construction, Service , and 1 more

    "They come on time, finished a big job in a timely manor. They did everything i needed an more. This company is very knowledgeable about anything electrical. I highly recommend them."

    Janine A. in January 2020

    OC1 Electric Logo
    Brookeville, MD·

    Generator Repair, Troubleshooting, Fans Installation , and 1 more

    "Very nice and helpful. Turned out my issue was quickly resolved with just an explanation. He came for 15 minutes and said no charge. I will definitely reach out again in the future."

    David O. in December 2021

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How much do electrical outlet & switch services typically cost?

  • Arlington, Virginia Average
    $324
  • Typical Range
    $167 - $526
  • Low End - High End
    $100 - $900

Frequently asked questions

  • An electrician’s cost per hour comes in between $50 and $100. It’ll vary depending on your location and the type or professional you hire. Areas with a higher cost of living can expect to pay on the higher end of that scale. Licensing level may also increase the price.
  • Usually you’ll pay a higher rate for the first hour. This covers their travel and time expense. Emergency or after-hours rates are usually higher too – expect to pay an emergency fee of up to $300 plus a higher hourly rate.

Electricians do a fair amount of larger remodeling and new construction projects but also common residential projects including:

For cost information related to the above tasks, visit our Electrical Cost Guide.

  1. Do you have a license to perform electrical work in this state?
    All states require an electrical license or work performed under a Master Electrician. You should also ask how many on the job hours of experience they have.
  2. Do you have insurance?
    Never use one who isn’t insured. You can ask to see proof of insurance.
  3. Do you have prior work references?
    You might skip this for small jobs like installing a light or outlet. For larger projects, always get references.
  4. What are your rates?
    Always ask up front. Getting a detailed quote up front is the best way to go.
  5. Who is going to do the actual work?
    Often, a Master Electrician will come out to diagnose and bid on projects, but they have their apprentice and journeyman electricians do the work. This isn’t a terrible thing, in fact it’s common practice. The Master’s license is on the line with any work he supervises.
  6. Is your work warrantied or guaranteed?
    Any reputable company or contractor warranties their work, usually for at least a year.
  7. Are you usually on time?
    Overbooking is a frequent problem with electrical work. Often, a service call goes long, and they end up showing up at your home late. This common complaint is easily remedied with an up-front and honest discussion. If they can’t be on time, make sure they’ll call.

1. Don’t Be Misled by an Electrician’s Hourly Rates

A truly skilled, well-equipped professional with a truck full of parts that charges $100 an hour can be a much wiser choice than an inexperienced hack, working with inadequate tools and no parts, but charging much less. Often, more experienced professionals get the job done quickly with warrantied work.

2. Compare Travel Charges

Rates reflect travel times. Travel charges can have a big impact on your costs and are in some ways easier to compare than hourly rates. Many electricians spend a third or more of their time navigating traffic on their way to a jobsite. Every contractor must find a way to pay for the expense of driving each day.

3. Bundle Repair Jobs Together

When you feel it’s time to call a pro, review your list and then conduct a mini-inspection of your home. Look for faulty switches and dysfunctional or crowded outlets. When the electrician comes, you’ll save money and time by getting everything taken care of at once.

4. How to Prepare & What to Know Before the Electrician Arrives
  • Be as thorough and detailed in describing your needs to your contractor. The more they know, the quicker the job will go.
  • Before they arrive, prepare a precise list of items you want serviced. Electricians have budgeted their time for a service call. They don’t have time for additional requests once they are on site.
  • Make sure the electrical panel box is accessible. You’ll pay for the time it takes to access it.
  • Clear away fragile items, knickknacks and furniture from areas where you expect the them to work.
  • If you have questions about the project, ask them before they start. Most are happy to run you through the problem and the process of fixing it.
  • Ask about potential issues after the work is complete. During a service call a professional will spot any potential hazards.
  • You’ll lose power to parts of your home while they work. Be prepared to pause anything you’re doing during the service call.
  • In most cases you’ll have the option to either pay at the time of service or have a bill sent to you. You’ll be able to pay with cash, credit and sometimes check.
5. Install Money-Saving Electrical Fixtures
  • By switching from ordinary incandescent light fixtures or bulbs to fluorescent or LED ones, you can substantially reduce energy consumption in your home.
  • Motion detector switches can help you save money on outdoor lighting while at the same time providing very cost-effective security to your home.
  • Creative landscape lighting and indoor accent lighting can make your home more appealing to you, your guests and potential buyers in the future.

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Things to Consider Before You Install or Repair Light Switches and Electrical Outlets:

What kind of location is this?

    What electrical fixtures are included in this project?

    • Ceiling fan or chandelier
    • Switches
    • Interior lights
    • Outlets
    • Exterior lights
    • Other fixtures
    • Bath or attic exhaust fan

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    Recent Job Requests for Electricians in Arlington, VA

    • NewProject Location: Arlington, VA
      Date: 05/26/23
      Location: Home/Residence
      When would you like this request to be completed?: ASAP - Within 1-2 Days
      Comment: Broken 6pin connector for motor of sit/stand desk
    • NewProject Location: Arlington, VA
      Date: 05/24/23
      Location: Home/Residence
      Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
      Project description: Update or add a few fixtures, outlets or switches
      Electrical Devices: Wall outlets
      Comment: Need a wall outlet
    • NewProject Location: Arlington, VA
      Date: 05/23/23
      Reason for Cable: 3
      Location: Home/Residence
      Electrical fixtures : Other fixtures
      When would you like this request to be completed?: Still in planning & budgeting phase
      Comment: Current Scenario: Three line voltage thermostats (TB6575A1000) that connect to fan coil unit convectors for HVAC. Each attached to a single gang box. Project: Install dual gang box and fan relay (less EMI is preferred) that will convert the line voltage to 24v (with c-wire) in order to be able to use Ecobee smart thermostats.   Thanks!
    • NewProject Location: Arlington, VA
      Date: 05/23/23
      Location: Home/Residence
      Electrical fixtures : Exterior lights
      Electrical fixtures : Outlets
      When would you like this request to be completed?: Within 2 weeks
    • NewProject Location: Arlington, VA
      Date: 05/22/23
      Location: Home/Residence
      Is this an emergency?: No
      After Business Hours: No
      Historical Work: No
      Covered by Insurance: No
      Desired Completion Date: 1 - 2 weeks
      Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
      Services Needed: Replace an old fixture
      Electrical fixtures : Ceiling lights
      Comment: need to replace ceiling light fixture in kitchen
    • NewProject Location: Arlington, VA
      Date: 05/22/23
      Location: Home/Residence
      Is this an emergency?: No
      After Business Hours: No
      Historical Work: No
      Covered by Insurance: No
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
      Services Needed: Replace an old fixture
      Services Needed: Install a new fixture
      Electrical fixtures : Ceiling fan or chandelier
      Electrical fixtures : Other fixtures
      Comment: Need two things: first need a ceiling fan installed (should be simple, there was one there previously and now has a regular fixture). Second, need to install a high quality fan from bathroom to attic, and vent to the outside of the attic. There is presently a poor qualify fan there with no venting, so the hole in the bathroom ceiling is there, but we need a better fan and a proper venting.
    • Project Location: Arlington, VA
      Date: 05/20/23
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Location: Home/Residence
      Is this an emergency?: No
    • Project Location: Arlington, VA
      Date: 05/20/23
      Location: Home/Residence
      When would you like this request to be completed?: Still in planning & budgeting phase
      Comment: There is one switch in my unit that doesn’t seem to do anything. I’d also like to add another 2 plug outlet to my bathroom near the sink. There is a light in an exterior closet that is not well attached to the ceiling.
    • Project Location: Arlington, VA
      Date: 05/17/23
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
      Location: Home/Residence
      Is this an emergency?: No
      Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
      Comment: Customer did not provide additional comments. Please contact the customer to discuss the details of this project.
    • Project Location: Arlington, VA
      Date: 05/16/23
      Location: Home/Residence
      Is this an emergency?: No
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
      Comment: Replace kitchen light ballast
    • Project Location: Arlington, VA
      Date: 05/15/23
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
      Location: Home/Residence
      Is this an emergency?: No
    • Project Location: Arlington, VA
      Date: 05/13/23
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
      Location: Home/Residence
      Is this an emergency?: No
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Comment: Customer did not provide additional comments. Please contact the customer to discuss the details of this project.
    • Project Location: Arlington, VA
      Date: 05/13/23
      Location: Home/Residence
      Is this an emergency?: No
      After Business Hours: No
      Historical Work: No
      Covered by Insurance: No
      Desired Completion Date: 1 - 2 weeks
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
      Electrical fixtures : Ceiling fan or chandelier
      Services Needed: Replace an old fixture
      Electrical fixtures : Track lighting
      Electrical fixtures : Ceiling lights
      Comment: I am upgrading my condo for resale and I need to replace all the light fixtures to update them before selling.
    • Project Location: Arlington, VA
      Date: 05/13/23
      Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
      Location: Home/Residence
      Is this an emergency?: No
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Comment: Customer did not provide additional comments. Please contact the customer to discuss the details of this project.
    • Project Location: Arlington, VA
      Date: 05/13/23
      Location: Home/Residence
      Is this an emergency?: No
      Desired Completion Date: 1 - 2 weeks
      Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
      Comment: An outlet in the house has gone bad that supports the dishwasher preventing it from turning on. AC reads about 19 ac when it needs 150. We tried all basic fixes and need professional assistance fixing the electricity going to the outlet.
    • Project Location: Arlington, VA
      Date: 05/12/23
      Location: Home/Residence
      Is this an emergency?: Yes
      Desired Completion Date: Immediately
      Comment: Refrig and outlet not working
    • Project Location: Arlington, VA
      Date: 05/11/23
      Location: Home/Residence
      Is this an emergency?: No
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
      Electrical fixtures : Ceiling fan or chandelier
      Comment: Looking to see about how much it would cost to remove two ceiling fans and install regular ceiling light fixtures.
    • Project Location: Arlington, VA
      Date: 05/10/23
      Location: Home/Residence
      Is this an emergency?: No
      After Business Hours: No
      Historical Work: No
      Covered by Insurance: No
      Desired Completion Date: 1 - 2 weeks
      Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
      Services Needed: Replace an old fixture
      Electrical fixtures : Ceiling lights
      Comment: change out the light fixture in the kitchen
    • Project Location: Arlington, VA
      Date: 05/10/23
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Location: Home/Residence
      Electrical fixtures : Exterior lights
      Is this an emergency?: No
      Comment: I would like to get an estimate for I need an electrician, security light installed in my house. all side. security lights outdoor. As soon as possible .

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